Crossing Jordan (2002–2007) O’Connell’s Det. Woody Hoyt was the love interest for both forensic pathologist Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessy, right) on Crossing Jordan and casino host Sam Marquez (Vanessa Marcil, left) on its spinoff, Las Vegas.
Las Vegas (2004–2006)
“Crossing Jordan took place in Boston, so it always felt kinda sexy going over to shoot the Vegas scenes,” O’Connell says. And how. During one steamy encounter, “I was living vicariously through my character,” O’Connell admits. “Vanessa is so beautiful! I know it’s make-believe, but I had a tough time differentiating. We got pretty close to second base!”